Thursday, February 26, 2015

REVIEW... The Five Stages Of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson

Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died six months ago from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.

**I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This Book Nerd Says: 

I had heard nothing but fantastic things about this book and so of course my curiosity was serious motive to check it out. While I didn't need the tissues that I thought I would need, I enjoyed this book. It does a great job at handling a serious subject. At the same time Liz has to learn how to navigate her grief, we get to witness her learning how to fall in love again. At times her grief felt overwhelming for me, but I also realized that this was more than anything, a truly realistic depiction of what grief after love really feels/looks like. But I wish I would have gotten to see more of her when the happiness outweighed her grief and worry, even if that was only in the end of the book. I think because of that, I couldn't really ever feel connected to her as much as I wanted to. 
Ben was a remarkable character (and probably my favorite of the entire book). His patience and ever steady presence in Liz's life (and that of her children) is what really warmed my heart the most. I am an absolute sucker for men who step in and step up and truly come to love children that aren't theirs by blood, Ben does this and then some. You feel for him as he falls for someone who isn't sure that she could ever love anyone in that way ever again, and so your heart also breaks for him a bit. 
It was a great and honest read that truly did tell us the story of the struggle between mind and heart, between letting go of the past and looking forward to the future. One that gives us a glimpse of a happily ever after the worst heartbreak. 
3.5 Stars

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